Rīga, Rīgas pilsēta, Latvia

Various "identities"

Theodor Josef Reich was born in Vienna (Austria) to Joel (1905–98) and Sprinca (1906–91) Reich. This identification card (issued from the consulate in Riga, Latvia, on November 8, 1939) lists "Germany" as his country of birth and "German" as his nationality, yet he was born in Vienna in the interwar period and received an American visa under the Polish immigration quota (his parents were born in Brzozów and Czudec in modern-day Poland).

[Reich Family Papers: 2009.0.86.4]